Toppers Get Rolling

Nathan Carvalho '13
Staff Reporter
September 12, 2012

If the Durfee boys soccer team wants to win a state championship, now is the year to do it. 

The Toppers are coming off a disappointing last season and now have the best local team on paper, as the 2012 season begins. With 17 seniors returning to the varsity squad, the season looks more than promising. The Hilltoppers are led by 5 senior captains: Derik Medeiros, Griffin Prescott, Andre Reis, Tyler Menenzes, and Hayden Tavares.

The team did not relax in the off-season, and it showed when they opened their campaign against a strong Bridgewater-Raynham team. Durfee came out scoring first from a well-worked corner, which was headed in by junior Keith Worsley. Just when the Toppers had the momentum Bridgewater responded in the second half with a goal of their own. 

The Toppers didn’t lose hope and got their reward when they scored off another corner, this time the ball was headed into the net by captain Tavares. The one goal lead wasn’t enough for the Toppers and they were able to add one more with a few minutes remaining in the game. Senior Alex Rebello intercepted a pass and took the ball on his own to wrap up the game. That was enough to put Bridgewater away, as Durfee won their season opener 3-1.

“We’re a whole new team, if this was last season once Bridgewater scored that goal we would have been down and out. But we kept working hard and came back at them to take the lead again and score two more goals. That’s the difference between last season and this season,” said varsity coach Tiberio Melo.

Durfee, coming off the 3-1 win over Bridgewater, looked to keep their streak going on Friday against Diman. It was difficult at first for Durfee to adapt to Diman’s field and although the Hilltoppers were off to a slow start, they finally opened the scoring when Rebello tucked the ball top left from inside the box. All it took was one for the Toppers to get rolling, quickly converting off a penalty-kick, which was scored by Senior Pedro Craveiro. 

The Diman Bengal’s weren’t able to hold off the strong-willed Toppers, as Durfee scored not one, not two, but 3 goals by the half. Senior Patrick Pacheco scored two, and senior Leonel Miranda scored one. With the score 5-0 at the half, it was safe to say that the Bengals were down and out. The game finished 6-0 when Pacheco added a third to complete his hat trick.

Durfee dominant in their first two games are setting the tone for the rest of the season. Look out for the Durfee boys soccer team this year.